Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Illuminating Blogger Award

It is an honour and very humbling to be nominated twice for the Illuminating Blogger Award by Alona at LoneTester HQ and Merron at Western District Families.

It was Alona who got me started with blogging about 2 months ago with the Gould Genealogy "Family History Through the Alphabet" challenge.  I now really enjoy blogging about my family history and sharing photos.

Alona wrote "Sharon started blogging at the beginning of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge a few weeks ago, and has truly embraced her ‘inner geneablogger’, sharing many stories about her ancestors. Each post is well written and is illustrated with photos, maps or documents".

From Merron "Strong Foundations  – This is another blog I have recently discovered and really enjoyed.  Sharon, a fellow Victorian, has the best photos on her blog. She also uses maps and newspapers articles to illustrate her posts which I like.  I particularly enjoyed her post H is for…Horses".

Thank you very much Alona and Merron.

Now as part of this award, I must share something random about myself...........In the 1980s I was a "Potato Princess".  And no, I didn't wear a sack.  It isn't a very flattering title but it was all in good fun and raised money for the Koo Wee Rup Hospital.

Another condition of accepting this award is to nominate 5 other blogs.  Many of the blogs that I read regularly have already received a nomination (or more) so to share things around, I will nominate alternate blogs that have made an impression on me. In alphabetical order;

Finding Eliza by Kristin Williams.  I have found every one of Kristin's posts very informative and interesting.  She comes from a very different background to me and although some of her tales are confronting, like the "baby with the bottle full of milk so spoiled it was like cottage cheese", they are very honest and heartfelt and provide an insight and understanding into a different way of life.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy: The Online Diary of a Central Oregon Grandmother by Kathy Matthews.  In particular, I thoroughly enjoy reading the stories of  "Tin Pot Valley" written by Wilfred Brown, Kathy's distant cousin.

Postcardy who has a huge range of delightful postcards from all eras to fit any topic.  Always an interesting blog to visit.

Savethephotos and Forgotten Faces and Long Ago Places. I couldn't choose between these two blogs as they both have a similar theme and are both inspiring.  As someone who loves and appreciates the importance of old photos, it is very admirable to see Sharon and Teresa rescuing old forgotten photos, investigating and researching the photo, telling their stories with the goal of returning to a descendant.

Sepia Saturday - Established by Kat Mortensen and Alan Burnett, the theme of the blog is "Using old images as prompts for new reflections".  I have really enjoyed participating in their weekly challenges and the blogs of other participants are very interesting and varied.  It is also an opportunity to go through my photos and bring them to life.

If you are nominated then you have been awarded the Illuminating Blogger Award. Just follow the steps below:
  1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (


  1. On behalf of Sepia Saturday, thank you for the nomination Sharon

  2. Congrats and very well deserved. I'm chuffed to be chatting with Potato Royalty!

  3. Sharon, thanks so much for the nomination. I'm a little late getting around to it, but better late than never! I finally completed my post today!

    Thanks again! Teresa